Health Ministry launches single vaccine for dual protection against measles and rubella as part of Universal Immunization Programme

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country at a function in Bengaluru, today. The campaign against these two diseases will start from five States/UTs (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep) covering nearly 3.6 crore target children. Following the campaign, Measles-Rubella vaccine will be introduced in routine immunization, replacing the currently given two doses of measles vaccine, at 9-12 months and 16-24 months of age.

The initiative was launched in the presence Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation,   Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Chemicals and Fertilizers,   Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Sharanaprakash Rudrappa Patil, Minister of Medical Education, Karnataka, Sh. K.R. Ramesh Kumar, State Health Minister, Karnataka and   Ramesh Arvind, celebrity actor, Karnataka. The dignitaries also launched the communication material on the occasion to raise…

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